Welcome to Aton Forest

Aton Forest, Inc. was formed to preserve the lands assembled by Dr. Frank E. Egler as a Research Natural Area and to continue the low impact, long-term ecological research that he pioneered. The organization also maintains an archive of Dr. Egler ’s written material and library, and curates a portion of his house and furnishings as an informal museum. The aim is to preserve and continue the physical and intellectual legacy of our founder.

2019 Workshops 

Advanced Workshops (Bill Moorhead leader)
CT Winter Shrub ID Lab: January 24
Invasive Plants & Their Native Look-a-likes: April 11
Secrets of Sedge Identification: July
Flood Plain Plants and Ecology: August
Asters Demystified: September

Other Workshops (various leaders)
Owling & Birding: February 9 & 23
Porcupine Prowl & Wildlife Tracking: February 23
Winter Trees Field ID: February
Vernal Pools & Amphibians: April
Birding By Ear: May & June
Invasive Plants & Their Management: July
Naturalistic Landscaping - The Kenfield Concept: August
The Annual Aton Forest Winter Bird Count 
Tomorrow, December 29th
Join us for our between 4 am (for owling) and 11 am at AF Hq. Go to Events for more information.

Please consider giving generously to keep the mission of Aton Forest alive. Thank you.

Connecticut Winter Shrub Identification Laboratory
Thursday, January 24, 2019
[SNOW DATE: Thursday, January 31] 
A workshop led by Bill Moorhead
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Sign up now:   Go To Workshops


2018 Workshop Schedule

Goldenrods Demystified
Monday, October 1st – 9 am to 3 pm
with Bill Moorhead

Wild Mushroom Foray & Feast
October TBA

Check our workshop page to register for workshops

Also visit our FaceBook page for additional notices
For more information you can also email: contact@atonforest.org or call: office 860-542-5125 or cell 860-248-1053


 Thursday, May 24th, 9 am to 3 pm
A workshop led by Bill Moorhead
We will cover the identification and ecology of the 21 southern New England Salix species and several of the hybrids of this troublesome genus. The workshop will begin with a lab session at Aton Forest, and then we will hit the field, visiting several sites in the vicinity of Aton Forest. Participants are encouraged to bring specimens.

Click here to go to the Workshops page to register.

Join us for our Winter Owl 

and Porcupine Monitoring

Saturday, February 24th

Part of Winter Weekend in Norfolk

Groups will meet at 4 & 8 am at Aton Forest Headquarters

RSVP so we don't miss you!
Cell phone (860) 248-1053
Email contact@atonforest.org
Call or text if you will be late.

For those daring early birds, join us for an owl prowl at 4 am starting at AF Headquarters (270 North Colebrook Road, Norfolk). To RSVP call/text by 5 pm Friday 2/23. We have been hearing northern saw-whet, barred and great horned owls this winter. We will listen for these along North Colebrook Road  and South Sandisfield Road. We expect to finish and be back to Headquarters by 6 am.

We will begin our search for active porcupine dens at 8 am, again meeting at AF Headquarters. From there we will head out to nearby den sites, but be prepared for rough hiking conditions (wear appropriate winter hiking attire, especially good boots and micro-spikes or YakTrax or snowshoes if the snow is deep). We need to walk some steep slopes and climb over boulders to look into the dens. We will inspect two denning areas and should finish up by 11 am. We will briefly return to the Headquarters between each site, so if you need to leave earlier you will have an opportunity then.

We would cancel these activities only if the weather is poor: very windy or rain/sleet/ice or if the road conditions or travel in the woods is dangerous: check this website or our FaceBook page Friday evening for any changes.

Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available and you can warm up anytime at the Headquarters.

Hope to see you then!